Tech News Today 112
Recorded: November 5, 2010
Published: November 5, 2010
Tech News Today 112: Scopegate? Scopegate.
Google and Facebook stand-off, Dell dumps Rim, free TV on your iPad, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Randall Bennett ( )
- Jason Howell
- The FCC lost all their Congressional allies in the fight for net neutrality after Tuesday's midterm elections. None of the nearly one hundred Democratic candidates who signed a pledge to support the FCC's Net Neutrality policy won their race. The FCC can still take action on its own but it's options are fewer without legislative help.
- A site called "Lamebook" that mocks Facebook content had been threatened with a trademark infringement lawsuit by Facebook, so it decided to sue Facebook first. Lamebook claims it's a parody and therefore protected by the First Amendment. Lamebook is part of the same network of sites as Regretsy, a blog dedicated to the most tasteless and weird items for sale on craft marketplace Etsy.
- North Koreans are aglow over their second PDA that includes maps of the country and dictionaries for translating Russian, English, Chinese and German. The device has no wireless capability or GPS to make the maps more interactive - connectivity is over USB, though the unnamed device also has a MicroSD slot. At $140 an average North Korean would only have to save 5 months pay to snag one.
- The United States Cyber Command has "achieved full operational capability, which means it has what it needs and knows how to use it. Part of Cyber Commands mission is to "operate and defend our networks effectively." Another possibly unintentional side effect is to get people to think how cool it would be to work at someplace called Cyber Command that has a n Eagle and a lightning bolt in its logo.
- Bloomberg reports Bank of America Corp. and Citigroup Inc. are considering whether to let employees use the iPhone as an alternative to BlackBerry for corporate e-mail, according to three anonymous sources familiar with the plans. The banks are testing software for the iPhone that’s designed to make it secure enough for company messages.
- A number of wireless banking applications for iPhone and Android phone users contain privacy and security flaws that cause the phones to store sensitive information in cleartext that could be gleaned by hackers, according to a report. The applications were distributed by financial institutions like Wells Fargo and Bank of America. At least one Android application, distributed by Wells Fargo, stored an account holder’s username and password on the phone in cleartext. The application also stored account balances on the phone, according to a security researcher who spoke with the Wall Street Journal.
- Wikileaks most prominent member and campaigner for transparency, Julian Assange told a Swiss TV programme he is considering seeking asylum in Switzerland. Assange fears being extradited to the US on espionage charges, following Wikileaks' recent disclosures of tens of thousands of classified frontline reports from the wars in Afganistan and Iraq.
- Physicists at the University of St. Andrews have created a metamaterial that worsk in the “optical range,” the scientists note in the New Journal of Physics. Andrea Di Falco and his research partners put together a metamaterial that could bend visible light and built it in a way that could lead to larger-scale manufacturing — and real-world applications.
Kickers and Weird Science
- AT&T U-verse customers can use Xbox 360 as a set-top box starting Sunday Nov. 7
- Monday Nov. 8 Samsung to unveil new Android device
Regarding the Light Peak vs. USB 3.0 discussion you had in episode 111, one argument for Intel and Apple not supporting 3.0 is to avoid disgruntled customers who invest in USB 3.0 hardware only to see it abandoned 12-24 months later in favor of the next new thing. If Light Peak *is* the future with lots of headroom for performance growth, maybe it is good to wait just a little bit for that.
Does USB 3.0 == HD DVD?
Todd From Davis"
As a solution for the problem of EMF-blocking in a plane's cargo hold without adding a lot of weight, I have one word for you: FlecTron. It's a woven nickel/copper fabric that can provide a near-total EMF block. It works so well that the NSA orders large amounts for its own uses... whatever they may be.
"Hey Becky, Sarah, Jason, Tom and whoever else is hanging around the cottage,
My second grader son came home from school pretty psyched yesterday. He has made friends with some 5th graders and has now declared them his 5G (fifth grade) network. I hold that his use of 5G is at least as valid as T-Mobile's use of 4G. My son's network is probably faster, however.
I think I'm going to dub This Week in Tech as my 4G network (four geek).
Regards, Vic the Texas Rancher Pilot "
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